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IS COLLECTING A DEBT THROUGH SMALL CLAIMS A HARD THING TO DO?

I recently had to take two of my clients to Small Claims Court in order to get paid and, although it was nerve-wracking and scary to prepare a case, appear in front of a judge and speak in front of a room full of people, it was so worth it.
 
I was owed $2,500 by one of my clients and another $550 from another.  I had both matters heard the same day in the same court -- that worked out!  I got my money in both cases.
 
Some tips for success now that I've done it three times:
 

Can I Get a Money Judgment for an Eviction?

So you are wondering:  If the Defendant in an eviction (Unlawful Detainer) action doesn't file an answer and I simply take their default and go to the Sheriff, how do I collect on my unpaid rent and legal fees?
 
Answer:  You can still file papers showing testimonial evidence through writings requesting the judge to grant you a money judgment.  You have to file a Request, a Declaration and a Money Judgment setting forth all that is owed to you, and then once the money judgment is granted, you will want to record an Abstract of Judgment with the County Recorder's Office which puts a personal lien upon them until you can collect.
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